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Il Bastardo Sangiovese Toscana 2016 Product #32638 (In Stock)
Il Bastardo Sangiovese Toscana 2016 Il Bastardo Sangiovese Toscana 2016

In Wood Case While It Lasts!  A fun, flavorful, and fine value Tuscan Sangiovese made by winemaker Paolo Masi at Tuscany’s Renzo Masi winery from grapes grown near Florence and Chianti Ruffina.  The Masi family’s Fattoria di Basciano has been hailed by Wine Advocate as “one of the rising stars of Rufina,” and their Renzo Masi project was designed to use friends’ and neighbors’ grapes to make “wines with vibrant territorial personality."  This special project by the Masi’s for importer Bob Shack does that in spades and at a fantastic value price to boot!

Ripe aromas and flavors of cherry and red berry start off bright and fresh and then get darker with a little air. The juicy acidity and light tannins make this easy to just sip, but give it enough substance to enjoy with pizza, burgers, or a big bowl of pasta and red sauce.  There's enough going on here to hold your interest through a few glasses and - especially at this price - tempt you to open a second bottle as the night goes on.  Fun stuff and fantastic value.

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Castello La Leccia Vivaio del Cavaliere Toscana Rosso 2015 Product #32021 (In Stock)
Castello La Leccia Vivaio del Cavaliere Toscana Rosso 2015 Castello La Leccia Vivaio del Cavaliere Toscana Rosso 2015

An estate dating from 1077 is going to have deep roots, but it's especially exciting when a strong sense of tradition gets paired with a touch of modern innovation. Owner/winegrower  Francesco Daddi has gone "back to the future" a bit by converting this prime estate near Castellina in Chianti to 100% organic farming and returning to the practice of blending Malvasia Nera with his Chianti Sangiovese.

Here he innovates by selecting small lots of what could be Chianti Classico, giving them a lighter extraction and then bottling 85% Sangiovese and 15% Malvasia with zero time in oak.  The result is a festive, fun, wine that's bursting with juicy black cherry, a hint of licorice root, and lots of floral complexity.  The structure is friendly - fresh and lightly tannic - inviting summer sipping with a light chill or warming it up and airing it out so more dark, spicy, fruit emerges to pair with pizza, pasta or richer foods.  Delicious stuff.

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Fiore Chianti Concreto 2015 Product #32489 (In Stock)

Chianti's Sangiovese grape needs a little air while it's maturing to tame its sharp tannins, which is why most Chianti spends time in some kind of wood barrel.  Here the Fiore family has taken ripe, juicy, fruit-filled Sangiovese that's fermented in steel and ages it not in wood but in concrete tanks.  Like oak, concrete allows a bit of air to seep into the wine to round off the tannins, but it avoids adding oak flavor (or oak tannins).  The result is a rarity - a 100% Sangiovese Chianti that's not only great with pizza, pasta, and grilled foods.  It's also just fun to drink as a refreshing anytime red wine value!  Plenty of juicy cherry and red berry fruit holds center stage with subtle hints of juniper and herb.  Full and fleshy on the palate and then mouthwateringly fresh on the smooth, generous, finish.  A "Concreto" success!

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Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2013 375ml Product #30015 (In Stock)
Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2013 375ml Borgo Scopeto Chianti Classico 2013 375ml

Half Bottle.  A blend of Sangiovese plus 5% each of Colorino and Merlot aged in neutral cask.  Pretty and fresh with enough cut to handle red sauce nicely.

"Pretty cherry and strawberry notes pick up light touches of spice in this red, which is elegant, but needs air to show the fruit and tone down the oak. Fine length. Drink now through 2019."Wine Spectator 90 points

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Colsanto Ruris Umbria 2013 Product #30794 (In Stock)
Colsanto Ruris Umbria 2013 Colsanto Ruris Umbria 2013

Here's our single best-selling Italian wine of the past five years - a fantastic value that tastes like it costs twice as much as it does. The wine is mainly (70%) Sangiovese and delivers plenty of that variety's juicy black cherry fruit. But, the 20% Merlot in the blend rounds out the mid-palate and keeps the wine soft while the secret ingredient -- 10% Sagrantino -- adds spice and complexity uncommon in Umbrian wines. Sure, it goes well with pizza and robust pasta sauces, but there's enough going on to handle game and hard, salty, cheeses and a soft enough finish just to drink at a party. Fantastic value.

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San Crispino Chianti Classico 2014 Product #31790 (In Stock)
San Crispino Chianti Classico 2014 San Crispino Chianti Classico 2014

Proof that not all Chianti Classico is "serious" - although this is seriously fun to drink!  It's 100% Sangiovese from the best part of the Chianti zone with minimal wood influence.  It's bursting with juicy black cherry fruit with just a touch of earthy/leathery accents and spice. Really pumps out generous fruit over nicely grippy tannins.  An excellent value for pizza and pasta.

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La Lecciaia Lupaia Toscana 2014 Product #32524 (In Stock)

A fine little super-Tuscan blend from Brunello producer La Lecciaia.  Mainly Sangiovese with dollops of Cabernet Sauvingnon and Merlot, this opens with bold, earthy, aromas of ripe cherry and raspberry framed by notes of leather and crushed herb.  Fleshy and full on the palate, where subtle spice notes join the bold dark fruit flavors.  Finishes with zesty energy and fine tannins, making this fun to sip and a great choice for the classic Italian table.  A lot of wine for the money!

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Poggio Alloro Chianti DOCG 2015 Product #31858 (In Stock)
Poggio Alloro Chianti DOCG 2015 Poggio Alloro Chianti DOCG 2015

Here’s proof that great farming and straight-ahead winemaking can deliver fine Chianti – and even finer value! – from outside the Classico zone.  More and more Chianti is either all Sangiovese or Sangiovese strengthened with dollops of Cabernet or Syrah.  Here, a family dedicated to natural, organic, farming turns back to Tuscan tradition to make Chianti from an old-school blend of grapes:  Sangiovese, Canaiolo, Colorino and Ciliegiolo.  Sangiovese gives the wine heft and structure, while Canaiolo adds volume, Colorino deepens the color, and Ciliegiolo – Sangiovese’s genetic parent – soft red cherry fruit.

In the fantastic 2015 vintage, all of this comes together to deliver a ripe, zesty, Chianti that’s very easy to drink.  Ripe black and red cherry fruit forms the wine’s core and gains interest and complexity from accents of crushed violets, red licorice, rich earth, and sweet spice accents.  There’s no oak influence at all, allowing the ripe fruit to shine through while retaining outstanding freshness and just the right touch of structure at the end.  A fine party Chianti, for sure, and one that will be as much fun to drink with a big bowl of pasta as with burgers or rosemary-scented pork.

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Dievole Chianti Classico 2013 Product #30944 (In Stock)
Dievole Chianti  Classico 2013 Dievole Chianti  Classico 2013

A old-time great that fell into mass-production blandness roars back into greatness with this pure, silky, Chianti. Smooth, red fruited, and classy.

"Dievole's 2013 Chianti Classico is super-impressive. A blast of dark cherries, smoke, leather, tobacco and dark spices hit the palate as this large-scaled, virile Chianti Classico. Dark and brooding in style, the 2013 boasts magnificent depth in a large-scaled Chianti Classico endowed with tremendous depth. Look for the Dievole Chianti Classico to be one of the sleepers of the vintage."  Vinous (Galloni) 91+ points

"Welcome back! I say this to the ultimate come-back kid: Dievole in Vagliagli near Castellina-in-Chianti. The 2013 Chianti Classico does a great job of underlining the natural characteristics of Sangiovese. If a #nofilter hashtag could be applied as a sensorial characteristic in wine writing, it is a fitting descriptor to use in the case of this wine. It offers a clean view of cherry, wild berry, pressed flower and balsam herb. This is a wine of beautiful purity that offers a non-interventionist's approach."Wine Advocate 91 points

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Tenuta Di Capraia Chianti Classico 2014 Product #31672 (In Stock)
Tenuta Di Capraia Chianti Classico 2014 Tenuta Di Capraia Chianti Classico 2014

Just another 90 point release from this maker of fine, elegant, smooth, Chianti. 

"The 2014 Chianti Classico is delicate, focused and very nicely done. This is a distinctly translucent, high-acid style very much shaped by the cool growing season. Bright red cherry, mint and rose petal add an attractive aromatic top register throughout. Tenuta di Capraia turned out a lovely Chianti Classico in 2014. Best of all, pricing is exceedingly fair. I would prefer to drink this mid-weight Chianti Classico over the next few years."  Vinous (Galloni) 90 points

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Dievole Le Due Arbie Chianti Superiore 2015 Product #32689 (In Stock)

Having re-established their mastery of Chianti Classico, this old Tuscan house is now offering a fresher, younger, bottling for easy drinking anytime.  It's a blend of Sangiovese and Merlot (about 20%) from vineyards just outside the Classico zone aged in large cask for 12 months. The wine's delicious, with hearty black cherry, chocolate and herb notes and a nicely plush, friendly, texture.  Just enough tannin to hold up to food and plenty of dark, chocolaty, richness lingering.  Fun!

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Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico 2014 Product #32187 (In Stock)
Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico 2014 Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico 2014

You may have heard that vintage 2014 was “challenging” in Tuscany.  That’s not true – at most estates it was downright awful.  Cold, wet and cloudy weather throughout the growing season meant most growers were unable to ripen their fruit fully and had to battle constantly with rot in the vineyard and winery.  If they were able to make Chianti Classico at all, it was almost always light in color and body, tart and tangy, and lacking in concentration or depth.

Which is why this 2014 is such a stunning treat!  The combination of heavy, hard, handwork in the vineyards all season long, higher altitude and well-drained vineyards, and using all the fruit normally destined for the Riserva Chianti in the Classico gives a wine with fine dark color and plenty of concentration and richness.  At this young state, it’s all about the rich raspberry and black cherry fruit with subtle accents of violets and oak spice.  Round and full on the palate, but never heavy or think, the fruit courses across your palate to finish clean, pure and fruity.  Fine tannins make this a winner with pasta dishes and even better with a slab of just-grilled, grass-fed, beef.

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Fattoria Del Cerro Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2013 Product #32288 (In Stock)
Fattoria Del Cerro Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2013 Fattoria Del Cerro Vino Nobile Di Montepulciano 2013

Montepulciano Sangiovese's chewy tannins are here but buffered by loads of rich fruit.  For hearty fare.

"The 2013 Vino Nobile di Montepulciano offers good intensity while retaining a mid-weight sense of structure. Sweet black cherry, plum, tobacco, licorice and rose petal notes are pushed forward. Some of the wine's initial intensity tapers off on the finish, but that is a relatively small critique for a wine that delivers so much pleasure. Hints of smoke, spice, dried herbs and leather add attractive savory undertones to the dark, muscular finish."  Vinous (Galloni) 90 points

"Dense and chewy red with polished tannins and intense fruit. Phenolic with chewy tannins but there's an impressive muscular structure to this giving it form and seriousness. Drink or hold."  James Suckling 93 points

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Casaloste Rosso Maniero Toscana IGT 2014 Product #32304 (In Stock)
Casaloste Rosso Maniero Toscana IGT 2014 Casaloste Rosso Maniero Toscana IGT 2014

This could almost be labeled Chianti Classico (and actually has some declassified Chianti juice in it), but with just 65% Sangiovese, it's a tad under the minimum.  The 35% other grapes - mainly Merlot and Canaiolo - soften Sangiovese's bite and add a nice layer of richness and depth to this all tank blend.  Dark cherry and bitter chocolate aromas and flavors get a nice lift from lemony acidity and fresh, juicy, raspberry.  There's enough structure and weight to make this a great table wine but it's supple enough to just sip, too.

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Casaloste Chianti Classico 2014 Product #32295 (In Stock)
Casaloste Chianti Classico 2014 Casaloste Chianti Classico 2014

Casaloste’s vineyards lie in the heart of the “Conca d’Oro” – the “Golden Shell” where you’ll also find growers like Fontodi, Castello dei Rampolla, and other of Chianti’s greats.  Proprietor and winemaker Giovanni d'Orsi's Chianti Classico is 90% Sangiovese and 10% Merlot, hand harvested at optimal ripeness, fermented in tank and then aged 12 months in large (500 liter) French oak cask.  An amazing wine for a "challenging" vintage, tt’s loaded with rich Chianti black cherry fruit with accents of violet, leather and chocolate.  There’s a depth and richness here that takes this to a higher level than the average Classico and fantastic mid-palate energy.  You’ll love it now -2024 with mushroom pasta and grilled beef.

"The 2014 Chianti Classico is bright, focused and impeccably balanced. Veins of acidity give the flavors striking nuance and energy. Sweet red plum, cherry, mocha and spice extend the finish in this gorgeous, super-expressive Chianti Classico from Casaloste. This is a terrific effort for the vintage."   Vinous (Galloni) 92 points

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Voliero Rosso Di Montalcino 2015 Product #32382 (In Stock)
Voliero Rosso Di  Montalcino 2015 Voliero Rosso Di  Montalcino 2015

We sometimes think of Rosso di Montalcino as "baby Brunello," and some winemakers craft their Rosso in that style:  rich, dark, powerful and structured if just a touch less deep than Brunello.  But Andrea Cortonesi’s Voliero Rosso di Montalcino 2015 is something different.  It certainly captures the dark fruit and layered complexity of Sangiovese Grosso grown in the sandier soils of Montalino's norther vineyards.  But this is no "almost Brunello" - instead, it's a wine of unique purity, grace and even finesse that is uniquely Rosso.

It's also really, really, delicious!  Aromas of crushed berries, violets, spice and fresh leather all waft from the glass with the fruit getting darker and more prominent with air. In the mouth it glides across your palate with beautifully purity and deftness, layering fresh raspberry and cherry fruit with floral, spice and fresh earth accents. On the finish, the sweet fruit keeps on singing out over very fine, ripe, tannins and tangy cherry juice acidity.  Although the aromas and flavors are very Montalcino, the texture and freshness resemble a top Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, and this will work like that with salmon, grilled beef, and mushroom dishes.

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Buondonno Chianti Classico 2015 Product #32534 (In Stock)
Buondonno Chianti Classico 2015 Buondonno Chianti Classico 2015

A luxurious blend of organically grown, hand-harvested Sangiovese (90%), Merlot (10%) and Syrah (10%). The aromas and flavors are explosive, with loads of juicy black cherry and blackberry fruit and accents of wood smoke, fresh leather, and a touch of spice.  Round on entry and in the middle and then juicy and long on the finish where fine-grained tannins kick in at the end. A great 2015!

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Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico Riserva Giuliano 2013 Product #32013 (In Stock)
Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico Riserva Giuliano 2013 Castello La Leccia Chianti Classico Riserva Giuliano 2013

Full confession – we’re not normally fans of Italian “Riserva” wines.  Even though most use the estate’s best fruit, the extra time in oak (up to a year) often dries the wine out, kills the fruit, and gives sticky, drying, tannins that rob the wines of all their fun.  Here, though, we have a Chianti Classico Riserva that soars above the norm in every way!

Francesco Daddi made the first vintage in 2012 in honor of his father, Giuland.  It’s built on the estate’s best Sangiovese plus a splash of Malvasia Nero – a favorite blend of Giuland’s – and given 18 months in French oak followed by extra time in concrete tank and bottle.  The aromas are sexy and sophisticated, with deep cherry/berry fruit framed by notes of fresh earth, sweet spice, and light herb.  There’s a ton going on in your mouth, but the bold burst of black raspberry fruit pulses through the layers of tobacco, spice, smoke and fresh flower flavors.  The fruit keeps on pumping through the long, complex, and firm finish in a wine that has the structure to age a decade and shine now with rich, dry-aged, beef.

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Casaloste Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 Product #31658 (In Stock)
Casaloste Chianti Classico Riserva 2011 Casaloste Chianti Classico Riserva 2011

Giovanni d'Orsi crafts this wine from the very best Sangiovese grapes he grows in the very best region of Chianti - the Conca d’Oro – and blends in 8% or so of the best barrels of Merlot and other permitted varieties in the cellar.  He then ages his wine for 14 months in high-quality French oak barriques to soften Sangiovese’s hard hedges and add complexity.  It's from the great 2011 Chianti harvest, and it’s clear right away that there was more than enough fruit and power here to not only stand up to the Riserva treatment but to actually benefit from it.  It’s young and there’s still a bit of primary oak showing on the nose and palate, but the real story here is the dark, rich, cherry and berry fruit, the plush texture, and the long and mouthwatering finish.  Drink with a decant now or cellar through 2026.

"A big and velvety wine with chocolate, berry and spice. Full body, round and chewy. Nutty undertone. Made from organically grown grapes. Drink now."  James Suckling 92 points

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Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 Product #29842 (In Stock)
Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello Di Montalcino 2010 Fattoria La Lecciaia Brunello Di Montalcino 2010

 

"This is very strong showing from La Lecciaia, one of Montalcino's under the radar estates. The wines show gorgeous Sangiovese purity. The wines are fairly classic in style across the board.  La Lecciaia's 2010 Brunello di Montalcino is beautifully layered in the glass, with gorgeous intrigue, depth and personality all on full display. There is a sense of translucent finesse in the 2010 that is impossible to miss. Sweet red cherry, stone fruit, mint and wild flowers all grace the exquisite finish. What a pretty wine this is."  Vinous (Antonio Galloni) 94 points

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